Let me start by saying that working from home seems much much easier than it is. Occasionally, I’ll work remotely from my home office… but let me tell you… while it is nice every once in awhile, when you only have your dog to talk to, it can sometimes drive you crazy.
But, back to the point of my blog post. Sometimes a natural disaster hits (like the blizzard I’m currently experiencing) and you’re forced to work from home. Now, just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you should lie in bed all day, working on your laptop while simultaneously watching old Sex and City re-runs because you miss living in NYC (I will not confirm or deny doing this…).
Therefore, I’ve provided a few tips below on how to successfully work from home:
- Shower and get dressed (yup, out of your pajamas) – but no need for the business casual wear.
- Avoid your bed, no matter how comfortable it looks. Sit at a table or desk.
- Create a schedule for the day and stick by it.
- Reply to emails so that your colleagues know that you’re online and working.
- Don’t get distracted by the TV or your cell phone.
- Take your normal lunch and/or coffee break.
- Send a report at the end of the day to your co-workers to let them know you’re signing off.
Remember that working from home is called “working from home” for a reason – it’s not a vacation.
What do you do to prepare yourself for a work day at home? Do you think you are more productive at home or in the office?